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So much for distancing themselves from the royals! Meghan and Harry’s baby name ‘strange’

Meghan Markle baby has 'the most royal name' says expert

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Royal commentator Ingrid Seward said the decision to use “an intimate” nickname of the Queen as the first name of their daughter is “strange” given their relationship with the Royal Family. She said: “How charming that Harry and Meghan have decided to call their daughter Lilibet or Lili as a compliment to the Queen. 

“But how strange as they profess to want to remove themselves from royal life that they have chosen to use such an intimate royal nickname for their daughter.”

When she was just a toddler and wasn’t a direct heir to the throne, the now-Queen inadvertently came up with a moniker for herself as she was struggling to pronounce her name, according to British historian Ben Pimlott.

In his biography of the Queen, he wrote: “Normality required a pet-name and this, the press was delighted to discover, Princess Elizabeth herself provided early on.

“At two and a half, she was reported to be calling herself ‘Tillabet’.

“Later, this became ‘Lisabet’ or ‘Lilliebeth’, before settling down as ‘Lilibet’, the name her close family have continued to call her all her life.”

This nickname has been widely used only by the Queen’s closest and most loved relatives – her parents, her sister Margaret and Prince Philip.

In an op-ed she penned for the Sun, Ms Seward also tried to guess the reaction the Queen will have had when hearing the name of her 11th great-grandchild.

She wrote: “It [the nickname] was affectionately used by only her parents and her husband.

“But I am certain she will be pleased and perhaps a little confused that Prince Harry has decided to use this name.”

Prince Harry and Meghan officially stepped down as full-time working members of the Royal Family at the end of March 2020.

Three months prior, they had announced to the world their intention to carve a new role for themselves within the Firm, which would have seen them become part-time working royals, able to carry out royal duties and retain all their patronages while also making a living with for-profit ventures.

However, this solution was not deemed workable by other senior royals, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex eventually had to renounce to the use of their HRH styles, their royal and military patronages and the security paid for by UK taxpayers.

Prince Harry 'told Queen he'd name child after her' says expert

However, one year after they lost their senior royal status, they said they “never left” the family.

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in their landmark interview aired in early March, Harry said he had asked the Firm for help – but did not receive it – over fears of “history repeating itself” before taking the decision to step down.

Echoing the Duke who told Oprah “we never left”, Meghan explained: “We never left the family and we only wanted to have the same type of role that exists, right?

“There’s senior members of the family and then there are non-senior members.

“And we said, specifically, ‘We’re stepping back from senior roles to be just like several…’ I mean, I can think of so many right now who are all… they’re royal highnesses, prince or princess, duke or duchess… who earn a living, live on palace grounds, can support the Queen if and when called upon.

“So we weren’t reinventing the wheel here.

“We were saying, ‘OK, if this isn’t working for everyone, we’re in a lot of pain, you can’t provide us with the help we need, we can just take a step back.

“‘We can do it in a Commonwealth country’. We suggested New Zealand, South Africa, Canada.” 

Prince Harry spoke more decisively about the “total neglect” he and Meghan experienced after asking the Royal Family for support during the docu-series on mental health he co-created with Oprah – The Me You Can’t See.

Explaining to the US journalist he was seeking support in light of the intense media scrutiny and online attack his family was experiencing, Harry said: “I felt completely helpless.

“I thought my family would help – but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total neglect.

“We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job.”

Meghan and Harry welcomed their daughter on Friday and shared the happy news with the world yesterday afternoon.

With their daughter’s name, who was called Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, they also paid tribute to Harry’s late mother, the Princess of Wales.

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